Natural Sciences

Campo di spighe di grano: particolare
Bachelor
A.Y. 2019/2020
L-32 - Environmental sciences
Brochure
Bachelor
180
ECTS
Access
Open with admission self-assessment test
3
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
Italian

The Natural Sciences degree programme is designed to equip graduates with the competences required to interpret the natural world at multiple levels, including its biotic and abiotic components and the interactions between them.

Offering a combination of biology and earth sciences, the curriculum trains students to interpret the biological component of the natural world and the environments of which it is part, or has been in the past, bringing to light the connections that exist between organisms and the substratum. In particular, it offers a typically multidisciplinary curriculum that covers biology to geology and geography, underpinned by a sound grounding in chemistry and physics.

Natural Sciences graduates can pursue technical and operational roles in professions connected with the survey, classification, analysis, conservation and restoration of the biotic components of natural, aquatic and land ecosystems, in parks and nature reserves, scientific museums and educational centres.

They can also pursue careers associated with the diffusion of scientific knowledge in publishing companies; the analysis and monitoring of biological processes and systems in both a natural and man-made context, for the protection of the natural heritage and the improvement of environmental quality; and in the identification and protection of cultural and naturalistic heritage.

Application and admission: Open.

There is a test to evaluate the candidates’ personal knowledge, which must be taken before enrolment. The test is carried out through TOLC (the TOLC tests valid for admission are TOLC-B and TOLC-S, CISIA OnLine Test, www.cisiaonline.it ).

Additional learning obligations (OFA)

OFA: Disciplines

Students who do not pass the entrance examination on mathematics are assigned additional learning obligations (OFA, Obblighi formativi aggiuntivi) that they must fulfil in accordance with the provisions of the Programme Structure.

OFA: English language

Students must have level B1 proficiency in English. Proficiency may be certified at the time of matriculation by submitting a certificate of level B1 language proficiency or better, or by sitting the SLAM (University Language Centre) Placement test during the first year of studies only, between September and December. Students who do not pass the test must follow the SLAM language courses and obtain appropriate certification within the year the plan of study calls for a language exam.

Within the ERASMUS+ programme, students enrolled on the Bachelor's Degree Programme in Natural Sciences can benefit from agreements signed with Spanish, French, and Romanian universities. During their period abroad, students can take courses and the relevant exams, or carry out research activities for their degree thesis. Students admitted to the mobility programme must submit a study plan listing the educational activities to be carried out abroad, with the relevant CFU credits. The number of credits in the plan should approximately equal the number of credits that the student would achieve during the same period of time at the University of Milan.

The proposed activities, chosen from the range of options available at the host university, must be consistent with the degree programme's training project. The proposed plan must be submitted to the Erasmus commission of the Interdepartmental Academic Board for approval. In the case of any gaps in fundamental courses, the Commission may ask the student to sit an interview on an agreed programme at the University of Milan, in addition to the exams taken at the host university.

At the end of the mobility programme, in accordance with the University guidelines, the exams listed in the approved study plan and passed by the student will be recorded in the student career log under the original name of the course in the foreign university. The relevant ECTS credits will be converted into CFU credits, with grades out of 30.

Mandatory for laboratory activities, field research and stages; recommended for other teaching activities.

Courses list

year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Botany 12 104 Italian
- Modulo: botanica sistematica6
- Modulo: forme e funzioni delle piante terrestri6
Chemistry 10 92 Italian
- Unita' didattica: chimica generale4
- Unita' didattica: chimica organica6
Fundamental of mathematics and statistics 12 120 Italian
- Unita' didattica: matematica8
- Unita' didattica: statistica 4
Zoology 12 100 Italian
- Unita' didattica: zoologia generale4
- Unita' didattica: zoologia sistematica8
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
General and environmental biology with elements of Histology 8 68 Italian
Physical geography and cartography 8 68 Italian
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Physics 6 56 Italian
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
English assessment B1 (2 ECTS) 2 0 Italian
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Ecology and behavioural ecology 15 124 Italian
- Modulo: ecologia9
- Modulo: etologia6
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Comparative anatomy 7 60 Italian
Genetics 8 76 Italian
Mineralogy 6 52 Italian
Paleontology 6 52 Italian
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
General and environmental physiology 8 64 Italian
Geology 6 54 Italian
Petrography 6 56 Italian
Study plan rules
1 - Lo studente dovrà acquisire 8 CFU attraverso Attività di campo durante il secondo e il terzo anno di corso.
be activated by the A.Y. 2021/2022
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Geographic Information Systems 6 56 Italian
Optional
Anthropology and archaeological excavation 6 48 Italian
Developmental biology 6 48 Italian
Environmental microbiology 6 48 Italian
Freshwater biology 6 64 Italian
General entomology 6 48 Italian
Geopedology 6 48 Italian
Nature conservation 6 52 Italian
Vertebrate zoology 6 52 Italian
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Evolutionary biology 6 48 Italian
Optional
Climatology 6 48 Italian
Geobotany 6 48 Italian
Mineral resources and environmental interactions 6 56 Italian
Paleontology heritage and excavations 6 48 Italian
Plant physiology 6 48 Italian
Quaternary climat changes 6 48 Italian
Vascular plants 6 48 Italian
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Compulsory
Final exam 4 0 Italian
Not specified period
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language
Optional
Geomorphology 6 48 Italian
Study plan rules
2 - Lo studente dovrà acquisire 12 CFU scegliendo tra gli insegnamenti di seguito elencati, di cui non più di 6 CFU in ambito Ecologico (BIO/03-BIO/07-GEO/04).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period
Anthropology and archaeological excavation 6 48 Italian First semester
Developmental biology 6 48 Italian First semester
Environmental microbiology 6 48 Italian First semester
Freshwater biology 6 64 Italian First semester
General entomology 6 48 Italian First semester
Geopedology 6 48 Italian First semester
Nature conservation 6 52 Italian First semester
Vertebrate zoology 6 52 Italian First semester
Climatology 6 48 Italian Second semester
Geobotany 6 48 Italian Second semester
Mineral resources and environmental interactions 6 56 Italian Second semester
Paleontology heritage and excavations 6 48 Italian Second semester
Plant physiology 6 48 Italian Second semester
Quaternary climat changes 6 48 Italian Second semester
Vascular plants 6 48 Italian Second semester
Geomorphology 6 48 Italian
3 - Lo studente dovrà acquisire autonomamente 12 cfu tra tutti gli insegnamenti attivati dall'Ateneo (meglio se scelti all'interno dell'area scientifica), purchè coerenti con il progetto formativo, previa valutazione da parte del proprio tutor. Rientrano pertanto in questa scelta anche gli insegnamenti sopra elencati.
L'esame di Petrografia deve essere preceduto da quello di Mineralogia.
Si suggerisce di far precedere l'esame di Chimica a quello di Mineralogia.
Location
Milano
Course locations
Sede corsi e laboratori: Dipartimento di Bioscienze (via Celoria 26), Settore Didattico (via Celoria 20, via Golgi 19, via Venezian 14), Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra (via Mangiagalli 34 e via Botticelli 23)
Head of study programme
Quality Assurance Delegate
Contacts
Fees, scholarships and benefits

University fees

For students enrolled on bachelor’s, master’s and single cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments of different amounts and with different payment deadlines:

  • the first, corresponding to the minimum amount, is the same for all students 
  • the second - technically referred to as an ‘all-inclusive fee’-  that is variable.

Students can also be entitled for tuition fee reductions such as:

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Scholarships and benefits

The University also provides a range of financial benefits to students meeting special requirements (merit, financial or personal conditions, international students), including: